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What’s that smell? How our brains detect and cope with all the odors we encounter

Ryan Dalton | 
Olfactory neurons in your nose have evolved some 400 odor receptors, and each neuron contains only one. Receptors are tuned ...
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Are first-borns really more assertive? How birth order affects personality

Corinna Hartmann, Sara Goudarzi | 
In spite of sharing genes and environments, siblings are often not as similar in nature as one might think. But ...
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Darwin’s theory of evolution suggests a new approach for treating cancer

James DeGregori, Robert Gatenby | 
Cancers that have spread, known as metastatic disease, are rarely curable. The reasons that patients die despite effective treatment are ...
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Dementia patients often have lucid moments. Can these ‘awakenings’ help us treat Alzheimer’s and other diseases?

Lydia Denworth | 
An elderly woman suffering from late-stage Alzheimer’s disease had neither talked to nor reacted to any of her family members ...
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Going vegetarian might boost your health, but probably won’t slow climate change

Shannon Hall | 
It pays to be a picky eater—at least, when it comes to meat. A study published ....in Scientific Reports suggests ...
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Viewpoint: Aggressive US approach to cancer doing ‘more harm than good’

John Horgan | 
To paraphrase [author and oncologist Siddhartha] Mukherjee, testing represents an inversion—or perversion--of the Hippocratic oath to do no harm. A ...
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Viewpoint: Afraid of GMOs, CRISPR? Here’s the science that could change your mind

Jonathon McPhetres | 
Scientists can do some amazing things with genes, from saving papayas from extinction, to making apples last longer before turning ...
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Women’s sex drive can be boosted with testosterone. Long-term risks need to be studied.

Emily Willingham | 
An absence of desire is not an inevitable facet of aging for women, [endocrinologist Susan] Davis says. There’s a name ...
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Skeptical about GMO food safety?

Jonathon McPhetres | 
Scientists can do some amazing things with genes, from saving papayas from extinction, to making apples last longer before turning ...
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Viewpoint: We need to recognize autism as a medical disability, not just a different way of being

Yuval Levental | 
Advocating for medical research, former president of Autism Speaks Liz Feld has stated that one third of people with autism ...
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Artificial intelligence doesn’t ‘think’ like we do. How can we ever trust it?

Shohini Kundu | 
Today, digital information technology has redefined how people interact with each other socially, and even how some find their partners ...
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Taming immune system after stroke could reduce risk of brain damage

Bret Stetka | 
The pathology of a stroke is deceptively complicated. In the simplest sense, strokes occur when the blood supply to a ...
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Brain’s ‘instant replay’ system helps us make better decisions

Bret Stetka | 
A report published on June 27 in Science reveals how the hippocampus learns and hard wires certain experiences into memory ...
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Artificial intelligence could change the way we detect, treat breast cancer

Heather Couture | 
The same technology that powers Siri and face recognition on your iPhone has also found success in medicine. By automatically ...
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‘Smart’ fertilizers help feed booming global population while cutting pollution, slowing climate change

Jeff Carbeck | 
To feed the world’s growing population, farmers need to increase crop yields. Applying more fertilizer could help. But standard versions ...
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Virtual reality could transform the way we treat anxiety disorders, chronic pain and Alzheimer’s

Sam Martin | 
Experts used to worry that virtual reality (VR) would damage our brains. These days, however, VR seems more likely to ...
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Viewpoint: Biological terrorism isn’t as scary as you may think

Emily Leproust | 
As new biological techniques advance, there are justifiable concerns these technologies could be used to create manmade pandemics. These worries ...
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Remembering that fossils once had lives—long before we discovered their ancient bones

Amanda Rossillo | 
Fossils are the only remaining traces of once-living beings, and their collective and individual lived experiences simply cannot be known ...
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Can you become addicted to pot? This gene increases your risk.

Karen Weintraub | 
Danish researchers have for the first time identified a gene that increases the risk for cannabis use disorder. About 10 ...
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Why scientists are hesitant to declare a species extinct

John Platt | 
If so many species are going extinct, why don’t we hear about new extinctions every day?  The answer to that ...
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Electrical ‘brain ripples’ could boost memory for the elderly, Alzheimer’s patients

Simon Makin | 
Specific patterns of brain activity are thought to underlie specific processes or computations important for various mental faculties, such as ...
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Are people with ADHD really more creative than the rest of us?

Caterina Gawrilow, Sara Goudarzi | 
Those affected by attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are clinically thought of as inattentive, hyperactive and impulsive. However, people with ...
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Electronic paternity tests and other bad ideas before the dawn of the DNA era

Nara Milanich | 
In the first decades of the 20th century, scientists around the world proposed a fantastic array of new methods to ...
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These dietary supplements could slow your aging. But they might also increase your cancer risk.

Helen Shen | 
As the world’s aging population grows rapidly, so has its appetite for health tips, tricks and products that could help ...
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Attacking cancer tumors with next generation CAR-T cell therapies

Rafael Amado | 
In 2017, the first immuno-oncology cell therapies, known as chimeric antigen receptor T cells, or CAR T, were approved by the ...
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Do creative minds draw inspiration from a special place in the brain?

Knvul Sheikh | 
By using the dorsomedial part of what scientists refer to as the brain’s “default network,” creative people can stretch their ...
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Do we really seek partners who look like our parents?

Martin Gründl, Sara Goudarzi | 
Time and again, we’ve heard the assertion that we’re attracted to partners who look like our parents. … An example ...
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FDA cracking down on unregulated dietary supplements, which it contends are almost all ineffective

Monica Reinagel | 
The FDA recently announced that it plans to increase its oversight of the multi-billion dollar supplement industry. This would include ...